We're glad these biblical showers appear to have subsided for the time being, and the only downside of this warmer weather is we haven't really got to try out our deep winter kit that's started coming through road.cc Towers! Here are some highlights from our current test pile...
These diddy and nifty lights from Knog look super versatile, and last a whopping 40 hours each on eco flash mode. They can be mounted on your handlebars, forks, steaposts or stays, and can also double up as a wearable light for if you want to take them running. there are five different modes, they're 100% waterproof and they plug directly into USB ports to cut down on wire clutter. Do good things come in small packages? Steve Williams is reviewing these lights now.
The SP Connect Saddle case is a weatherproof storage solution with a patented twist and lock mechanism on its mount to attach it. There are also rails on the rear which allows you to fit SP Connect's All-Round safety light (sold separately and shown above) which solves the dilemma of your lights not fitting underneath. It has a dual zip for easy access, and can easily fit a standard flat kit with one inner tube inside. Ash Quinlan is reviewing this, with the test report due shortly.
This cross machine comes ready to race with a Sram Force 1x11 groupset and a high modulus carbon frame, so say Vitus. The cassette is 11-32t with an X-SYNC 40t chainring, and you get tubeless-Ready WTB Frequency CX Team/Novatec wheels with a Vitus finishing kit to complete the package. Did it come a-cross well to Stu Kerton? Find out in his review towards the end of the month...
Yep it's expensive, but there are also some lofty performance claims that come with this loud and proud lightweight jacket from 7Mesh. It utilises a combination of waterproof fabrics and features a dropped hem to prevent you getting a soaking from road spray. The zip is waterproof, as is the side pocket, and the seams are taped to stop further water ingress. The 7Mesh 'Passthrough' vents allow you access jersey pockets without compromising the protection. It's also fully packable so you can stowe it in your pockets until it's needed in a downpour.
The brand that brought you Sagan's larger-than-life shades also do some pretty eccentric gloves too, with these fluoro orange numbers promising a perfect amount of insulation to block out damp and cold weather. The tech thread ensures you can still use a touchscreen, and the single-layer Clarino palm promises to offer premium comfort. Will they get a 100% score? Jon Slade's verdict will be in soon...
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.